EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
This coming Saturday we'll be getting an Harada boxing show, held at the EDION Arena Osaka. Whilst the card isn't a big one it does have a Japanese Youth title fight as the main event, and a solid lower tied domestic bout as the chief support contest.
The title fight will see Japanese Youth Featherweight champion Kyonosuke Kameda (7-2-1, 6) defending his title against the talented, but very light punching, Hiroki Hanabusa (8-2-3, 3) in an interesting first defense for Kameda. The hard hitting champion won the belt earlier this year, when he stopped Tsubasa Narai, and has won his last two by TKO following a 2019 loss to Jinki Maeda in the All Japan Rookie of the Year final. Whilst Kameda is in great form the same can't be said of Hanabusa, who has lost his last two, but the talented Hanabua will go into this one knowing a win really can give his career a kick start, just when he needs it. Given the styles of the two men this really should be something fantastic to watch, with Hanabusa's out put going up against Kameda's power. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Kameda defends Japanese youth crown as he takes on Hanabusa!
In a major supporting bout Japanese ranked Flyweight Shota Asami (9-8, 4) will be up against Keisuke Iwasaki (5-3-2, 1). On paper Asami doesn't look anything great, having lost 8 of his 17 professional bouts and 3 of his previous 8, however he has been competitive in all 3 of those defeats against some very good fighters, such as Daiki Tomita and Naoto Iwai. He is one of those fighters who is much better than his record suggests, and is going to be looking at securing a Japanese title fight in the next year or two. Iwasaki on the other hand has failed to win his last 2 bouts, but has shown his ability with wins over Mammoth Kazunori and the then unbeaten Ryuku Nagamine, and will know that a win over Iwasaki would earn him a Japanese ranking. This might not be a bout that excites those who don't follow the Japanese scene, but it should be a great one for the ones attending the event in Osaka.